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Saturday, December 31, 2016 Permalink

The Hebraic Connection 2

"Old Klezmer Music," by Leon Zernitsky


Many composers—Jewish or not—have incorporated Hebraic themes and styles into their music, and whether religious or secular in spirit, their approach to the material displays a wonderful diversity

We’ve explored some of this territory before, and in this hour we continue the journey, with works by Mahler, Ravel, Korngold, Reznícek, Bernstein, and more.


CD Title Group/Artist Catalog # UPC
Mahler: Symphony No. 1 Chicago Symphony, Claudio Abbado Deutsche Grammophon 400033-2 3259140003328
The Magic of the Klezmer [for Ele Chomdo Libi] Giora Feidman Delos DE4005 013491400525
Klezmer Concertos and Encores [for Weinberg’s Canzonetta]  David Krakauer, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Gerard Schwarz Naxos 8.559403  0636943940327
Prayer [for “Lullaby” from Dmitry Shostakovich’s From Jewish Folk Poetry, as arranged by Mikail Bronner] Sol Gabetta, Amsterdam Sinfonietta  Sony 88883762172 888837621724
Bernstein: Symphony No. 1,“Jeremiah” BBC Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin Chandos CHAN 9889 095115988923
The Cantorial Voice of the Cello [for Ravel “Kaddisch”] Coenraad Bloemendal, Valerie Tryon Dorian DOR-90208 053479020826
Diamond:  Symphony No. 3, Psalm, Kaddish Janos Starker, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Gerard Schwarz Naxos 8.559155 636943915523
Mercury Living Presence Collector's Edition: [for Bruch Kol Nidre] Janos Starker Mercury Living Presence 478 35663566 028947835660
Reznicek: Chamisso Variations, etc [for Symphonic Variations on Kol Nidrey] WDR Symphony Orchestra of Cologne, Michail Jurowski  CPO 777 047-2 761203704729
Alkan: Preludes, Op. 31 [for “Ancient Melody of the Synagogue,” from Preludes in all Major and Minor Keys] Laurent Martin Marco Polo 8.223284 0730099328425
John Williams Greatest Hits [for main theme from Schindler’s List]  Itzhak Perlman, Boston Symphony Orchestra, John Williams, MCA 10969 008811096922

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